Vice president, (retired) General Constantino Chiwenga has declared that the military will not carry out another intervention similar to last November’s Operation Restore Legacy which resulted in the fall of former president Robert Mugabe. Responding to a question during a public lecture at the University of Zimbabwe on Thursday, Chiwenga said,
What mechanisms are we putting in place to avoid a recurrence (of Operation Restore Legacy) now? There will not be a recurrence, let me assure you… we had created a situation which was bad for ourselves and that will not happen again.
…note that even if we were under sanctions, we could have done something … people were not sure of what tomorrow would hold for them. There was no policy consistency, people who were not constitutionally in government were making decisions and even battering the judicial service, firing people left right and centre.